Mercy Hospital El Reno welcomes one of its own as hospital administrator this month. Douglas Danker, RN, has accepted the leadership position, effective Feb. 19.
Danker has worked at the hospital for 23 years, starting as a paramedic in 1989. Over nearly a quarter century of service, Danker has worked as a paramedic, ER nurse, medical and surgical supervisor of nursing, intensive care unit coordinator, assistant director of nursing and, most recently, director of nursing.
“Doug’s experience within this hospital and community is invaluable,” said Cindy Carmichael, Mercy vice president of rural development in Oklahoma. “He has proven his commitment to ensuring El Reno and surrounding areas have access to quality health care, and we look forward to supporting Doug as he continues that mission.”
Danker has served as interim administrator since November 2011 and has experience making the operational decisions necessary to keep a rural hospital, like Mercy Hospital El Reno, in a position to provide the technology and compassionate care its community members need.
“I am embracing an enormous sense of responsibility to my community as I accept this role,” said Danker. “Canadian County residents can count on me and our hospital to continue to listen and respond to their health care needs. One of our focuses for this year is to grow our team of volunteers, whose services are a huge support to our hospital.”
Danker is working with the Mercy Hospital El Reno Advisory Board on volunteer recruitment, among other hospital and community improvements. The advisory board consists of four community and business leaders who help hospital administration keep up with El Reno’s needs.
“I’ve known Doug for many years and have worked closely with him to make critical decisions that ensure we provide our community with quality medical care from a leading health care organization like Mercy,” said Curtis Blanc, Mercy Hospital El Reno Advisory Board chairman. “Doug Danker has the experience, dedication and heartfelt desire to provide our community with the best health care possible. I think I can speak for the entire board when I say we are thrilled that Mercy has recognized Doug’s abilities.”
Danker received his bachelor’s degree in nursing from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and his master’s degree in management from Southern Nazarene University. He received vocational training to earn accreditation as an emergency medical paramedic and emergency medical technician.
Those interested in volunteering at Mercy Hospital El Reno can call 405-295-1224 for more information.
Mercy is the eighth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 31 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,500 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. For more about Mercy, visit www.mercy.net.